Softcat's Louca didn't see any correlation between the news emerging on the same day that Microsoft shut down support for Windows 7 - which is not affected by the bug - other than that both were related to the vendor's Patch Tuesday updates. Now, users still stuck on Windows 7 will not get any software support from the tech giant.
This month's Patch Tuesday focused around the CVE-2020-0601 flaw, which security experts praised the NSA for disclosing responsibly rather than trying to weaponize in attacks.
Last year, Microsoft began publicly testing the new iteration of Edge with users around the world and starting today, the stable version is available for everyone.
Of course, Microsoft has offered ample warning to users about the dangers of using an operating that is no longer in support from the manufacturing.
Microsoft has kicked off the new decade with fixes for half a century of vulnerabilities, including one discovered by the NSA that could allow hackers to spoof digital certificates to bypass security measures.
This vulnerability is very serious. Support costs will double each year and are $ 100 per Windows 7 Enterprise license and $ 200 per Windows 7 Pro license.
"While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware", Microsoft said. A survey of 100 companies based in the United States and the United Kingdom found that 53 percent of companies have not yet completed or have not yet migrated from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
You can now download the stable version for Windows 7, 8 and 10, as well as macOS, directly. However, the company tells us the promotion has long since shuttered and is no longer to anyone hoping to upgrade. And the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC.
The tech company also encourages their customers to update Windows 10 by offering a free year of post-retirement updates to the users of the discontinued version with active Windows 10 subscriptions.
For those who want more technical information about how this alert works, you can read our original reporting on the EOSNotify application.
NSA official Anne Neuberger noted that operators of classified networks had already been prodded to install the update and everyone else should now "expedite the implementation of the patch". It's even worse for Windows 7 Pro users, which starts at US$50 per machine and jumps to US$100 in 2021 and US$200 in 2022.